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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold2/July-Dec1899/33
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateTuesday 26 September 1899
Address FromKarree Kloof, Kran Kuil, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToWilliam Philip ('Will') Schreiner
Other VersionsRive 1987: 382-3
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Legend
The Project is grateful to Manuscripts and Archives, University of Cape Town, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Manuscripts and Archives Collections. Schreiner was resident on the farm Karee Kloof from the end of August to early November 1899.
1 Tuesday Sep 26 / 99
2
3 Dear Will
4
5 We are anxiously waiting for news by today’s post. This must be sent
6before it arrives. We have ordered two small boxes containing Crons
7clothes & the silver cups &c he won as prizes a boy to be sent down to
8Cape Town to your care for safety.
9
10 The rest of our furniture & household goods will have to go in case of
11war. It is curious that I do not feel such an agony of hopelessness &
12depression now about public affairs as I did last Xmas when I saw
13clearly all that is now upon looming unreadable from the distance &
14when no one at least among this I knew seemed to share my fears.
15
16 One Good bye dear the boy is leaving
17 Olive
18
19 From what I have heard from leading Germans at Johannesburg there is
20yet reason to hope, that at the critical moment if war is declared,
21Germany may step in.
22
Notation
Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.